First impressions in Bali – yet there is so much more to be said…
Arriving to Bali has been a most positive and surprising experience – my first time here. Its invigorating visiting a place I have never seen before and so welcoming and high energy. From early years I have traveled the world with my parents, studies, global positions in conglomerates and just in general always been curious about new grounds. Here I am meditating, observing, visiting incredible places I will share with you during the next posts, researching, meeting locals and global travelers and passionate people. Next week, I am hosting a mini “Treasure – Change the World Tour Convention” here at Bali gathering like-minded – I am experiencing so many wonderful things here.
Bali has something magical about it and when I speak to locals they are all asking me:”You do know this island is magical don’t you?”. Yes, is my answer. They ask me is I know magic and I offer them an intuitively guided message or advice – and their exuberance and receptivity is obvious and heart warming. For them negative thoughts, jalousie, and wishes for others that something go wrong is negative black magic – and if extended my a holly man devastating. And white magic is healing and supporting energies. Knowing about energy and the way our thoughts generate energy that travels and impact whether we are conscious enough it is a beautiful experience to meet people who are so aware without necessarily knowing quantum physics.
Upon arrival I have met the most helpful people – genuine people that turned up out of the blue like angels laying out a path in front of me in my challenges of lost luggage, key to the house that had disappeared and my exhaustion from the threat of the past month to loose both my mum and my grandmother (who are both well now). The kindness and wish to connect is one thing, but the island itself seems to give you what you need rather than what you want.
Due to my lost luggage several days and had to cope with next to nothing and buy some new dresses that actually matched the warm and humid weather better than anything in my suitcase, I ended up in a small guest house with the most friendly Balinese family in a little alley where a kind Balinese man and his employers helped me to as he saw my distress in the street in front of the house a dear friend from Norway had lend me. He drove me on the back of his scooter with my hand luggage winter jacket and boots and me with a nervous smile on my face thinking – what am I getting myself into. I did see a Hyatt sign further down the road – but the kindness and actions of this man made me take him up of his offer. The next day I saw the Hyatt was closed for renovation – so thankfully I didn’t go in the 35 degrees to look for it tired and exhausted the day before but instead choice in the moment to follow kindness and support getting a room in the local guest house for 15€ a night – which was a great experience in itself.
When returning a week later to offer my thanks and bring some Danish cookies I brought for the occasion – the man was not there but I spoke to his employer and her daughter who promised to pass on my thanks and my small appreciation – the family who opened their doors for me as Made (if I spell his name right) – the Balinese ‘angel’ arranged for my accommodation. This family most certainly made a difference for me. I can’t wait to get to know them more. The daughter of the family turned out to be a young world renown artist Natisa Jones who believes – as I do – that life is a process not a final goal – if we focus in getting there we will never be happy – focus on what makes you happy and you will be. “Are we there yet?”
In our conversation, we all agreed that to meet the human in people as a first is the most important thing in our world – often forgotten in our transactions. If we purely transact we might be successful in the transaction itself but what when we are out of energy and resources we collapse. Loved that exact observation from Natisa’s mother. That’s when relationships would have helped instead of major collapses. Good relationships are true treasures – making a difference in this world every day. When I named my company 7 years ago, “Treasure” – it was to remind my audience to treasure each and every relation, interaction and product and regard our surrounding may it be our society or our planet: to respect and to value our lives, who and what in it. That’s how I believe and constantly experience with my clients, we will move far beyond creating exceptional results and start taking proper responsibility once we connect and contribute rather than separating ourselves only creating for own benefit.
During my stay at this beautiful island – I have met so many people that over and over surprise me and teach me. As a local manager at a hotel driving me to the city, embarrassed that he had to drive me since the driver was missing and complaining that he had a hard boss. I replied – being the owner of my own business I know everything about doing everything myself needed to complete a task for a client – and more over having a hard boss. I told him that my boss was the toughest I ever had because not for a minute would my boss leave me to relax and not think of how I could contribute more, make new strategies, write a new post or do something to change the world for the better… the hotel manager was laughing back at me and with the kindest attitude and understanding he said:
”Oh yes Crystal, fighting yourself is a fight you will never win”…
…that was very much true and I decided to stop arguing with my self, be a more loving boss to myself, be more supportive and accept that I have needs as all other human beings and give myself more time to relax and have fun. Bali has everything that you need to relax – so it is a refreshing place to be, learn and teach.
I must say having my dear friend Toni Reilly to join me here for 10 days, creating our own personal retreat, meditating, doing energy work, working on future visions and strategies, sharing our work, exchanging life altering sessions and advice – we also make time to laugh, enjoy the sunset and lie in the sun and relax – so maybe we only work 8 hours of the day… but as much as possible our office is the beach, it is the poolside, it is the balcony of our hotel, it can be anywhere we find internet, or peace and quiet for our sessions and confidential sharing… are you allowing yourself alternative work routines, even shifting into a nice meeting area to do some of your introvert tasks? It doesn’t have to be a beach – make it with what you have and see how your work day changes.
For me on my “Treasure – Change the World Tour” it is all about making a difference – living a happier life whilst creating a positive impact in the world we life in. So I guess the question is – how can you as an individual, you as an executive group and you as an organization make such a difference – for yourself, your employees and the world you live in?
I will return with more stories from Bali…
Magical energies from Bali,